Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Naked Came A Stranger

Little Fish Lake

Another view of the lake

We took a trip to Little Fish Lake Provincial Park about 10 days ago. It a wee bit east of Drumheller about three hours away and it makes for a nice day trip. It takes us through the Badlands and past the hoodoos.
Between that and the rolling prairie it’s pleasant change.
The lake is small, but attracts plenty of bird life and there are hardly any humans around. I’d wondered why. I no longer wonder.

Shorebirds, possibly whimbrels, enjoy the water.

A motor home was parked at the far end of the campground. It was the only other vehicle at the place.
We walked down near the water and wandered a bit when I turned around to see a pink-clad figure wandering by said motor home.
When we got back to our car I could see the fellow a little better. As he walked toward the motor home I thought, “My, those are form-fitting shor- oh dear dog he’s naked!
He walked around his motor home and came back into full view. I thought I’d checked again so I scanned him from the top down. Pink. Pink. Pink. Dark patch. Yup. Naked.
I dug out my binoculars just to confirm this, but he’d stepped behind a tree. Just as well.
It was a hot day under a blazing sun and there were plenty of mosquitoes and flies. He must have been very dedicated to his cause.
Although a bit startling on the whole it was fine. He kept to himself, did nothing to draw our attention, and stayed close to his motor home. Maybe he’s used to having the place to himself and this was his time of day for his regular sunbath. Maybe he just wanted rid of us.
We left shortly afterward as there wasn’t much else to see.


Crabby McSlacker said...

We get a fair amount of nude sunbathing in certain sections of our beaches. I have little sympathy for those who venture out to these obscure stretches of beach and then complain about what people aren't wearing. Don't look if it offends you, is my view of the matter.

I hate sunscreen too much to do any sort of intentional sunbathing, let alone the naked kind.

Leah J. Utas said...

It was an unexpected revelation, Crabby.
But you're right, If you don't like it, then don't look.

the Bag Lady said...

Oh, my, I totally cracked up at your last statement, and thought, yup, sounds as though you had pretty much seen all there was to see. Or gotten an eyeful, to put it another way.

Leah J. Utas said...

Glad I made you laugh, dfBag Lady.

Missicat said...

Naked sunbathing? ouch!
When I was in St. Maarten there was a fair amount of nudity (not used to that being an Amuriken). I saw a whole boat load of nekkid people! A Nekkid Boat!

Leah J. Utas said...

Y'know, Missicat, if you expect to see nudity, or understand the possibility exists, it's fine. But when it's surprise nakedness, well, that can be startling.

Reb said...

Great post Leah. Surprise nakedness - love that comment too.

As soon as you said there are hardly any humans around, I thought, well, there is a place for me! Now, I'm thinking, not so much!

Lovely photos.

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Reb. It really is a lovely spot. And now that you've been forewarned, why not?

Hilary said...

You cracked me up too, when you were "scanning" Pink. Pink. Pink. Dark patch! Glad you confirmed it. Even gladder that you didn't snap a photo for the blog. ;)

Terrie Farley Moran said...

df Leah,

Every day a new adventure.


Leah J. Utas said...

Hilary, if I'd had my new camera with the 18-250 telephoto I probably would have taken a picture. Once a journalist...

dfTerrie, yes. That's it exactly.